YouTube Red is done. YouTube Premium is taking its place

YouTube Red is done. YouTube Premium is taking its place

Google has announced major changes to its current YouTube Red service, with the remodel aiming to rival the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal. This service will cost $9.99 a month and will be available via an app or through your desktop browser.

However, the release of YouTube Music on May 22 will be initially limited to the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea.

As before Google Play Music users get access to YouTube Music Premium with the subscriptions, but no word of a merger has been officially confirmed.

The launch is of two new services - YouTube Music and YouTube Premium. YouTube Music Premium is the ad-free version of the music streamer that allows you to listen to tunes in the background, and download tunes. The price for new subscribers is increasing from $9.99 per month to $11.99, but existing subscribers will still enjoy the current rate.

Revenue from music streaming services overtook sales of CDs and digital downloads for the first time in 2017, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. The third tier is called YouTube Premium, which is just a replacement for YouTube Red, which costs $12.

In fact, if you are a subscriber to Google Play Music you get a YouTube Music Premium membership as part of your subscription.

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Where streaming services are concerned, Google also has YouTube Red, a subscription video service for premium, exclusive content - albeit one that's not available in the UK. What you want to focus on is YouTube Music and YouTube Premium.

The new YouTube Music homescreen provides recommendations based on past listening activity. YouTube Premium will still offer ad-free YouTube and access to original content.

YouTube has a billion users, far more than Spotify's 170 million users and Apple Music's 50 million, although it remains to be seen how many of those billion users will use the music streaming services.

Although it had the working title of Remix, it launches as YouTube Music next Tuesday, May 22. You can sign up to be notified when the service arrives in your country on this page.

The primary improvements over the Play Music app are the inclusion of official music videos and scores of unofficial remixes of prominent songs.

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